Deadly Ride (Britton Bay #3) by Jody Holford

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source: NetGalley
title:Deadly Ride (A Britton Bay Mystery Book 3)
author: Jody Holford
genre: cozy mystery
pages: 217
first line: Molly Owens had a pretty strong grasp on vocabulary, but clearly she misunderstood the word chilly.
rated: 3 1/2 out of 5
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blurb:
Newspaper editor Molly Owens loves her new life—and her new man—in the beautiful seaside town of Britton Bay, Oregon. But when a car-show killer strikes, she needs to put the brakes on the culprit . . .

As editor-in-chief of the Britton Bay Bulletin, Molly steps in for a sick reporter to cover the Classic Car Crawl, an exhibit of vintage automobiles. Her main challenge is not being driven to distraction by the presence of her hunky boyfriend, Sam Alderich, a fellow car enthusiast whose auto shop is sponsoring the event. But when she and Sam discover the co-founder dead in his car, Molly quickly shifts gears to solve the murder.

With a showroom full of suspects—including the co-founder’s longtime partner, much-younger wife, enigmatic ex, and car owners with grudges and grievances—Molly soon starts to feel like she’s spinning her wheels. And after things take a turn for the worse, it’s all she can do to steer clear of trouble and stay out of a killer’s clutches . . .

my thoughts:
Deadly Ride is Book 3 in Jody Holford’s A Britton Bay Mystery series. How cute is the cover? The other book covers in this series can be found here and are also adorable.
The story centers around newspaper editor Molly Owens. There is a car show coming to the seaside town of Britton Bay and Molly is covering the story. While she’s at the show she meets a few people and contestants. However, she and her boyfriend Sam Alderich stumble upon a dead contestant at the end of the night. The cops are called in and there are a few suspects including the victim’s young widow, his ex-wife and fellow car owners who all have motive. Even though Sam wants Molly to stay safe and steer clear of the investigation she can’t help but get pulled in. This is not the first time she has stumbled upon a dead body.

I enjoyed the cozy seaside town setting. Molly has a cute pup named Tigger. I would have liked Tigger to have more of a presence in the story. I’ve read other cozies where the pets take the stage as well but that was not the case here.

“Lemon loaf in hand, pup leading the way, Molly was wide awake by the time she got back to her cottage. She loved it there, really and truly loved it. Her little house was tucked between evergreens, looking like it had sprouted naturally at the back of the property. 4%-Kindle version, Deadly Ride (Britton Bay #3) by Jody Holford

Also, with the Classic Car Crawl in town, give me more descriptions please. I want to feel like I am looking at vintage automobiles. I know next to nothing about cars, but I’ve been to the car show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center before and it was pretty cool. Therefore, I was expecting more from the car show in this book.

This book was heavy on the love-dovey between Molly and her boyfriend Sam. I guess there’s always time for romance when there’s a murder to solve. I’m not knocking the romance, I love romance, but I was not expecting so much of that here. And not just regular romance, it was the mushy kind where this couple is fairly new so they just adore each other. I think they are dating just 6 months at this time. Cue the eye rolling.
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“She walked into the kitchen to the sound of Sam’s laughter, and her heart flip-flopped along with her stomach. How could just his laugh brighten her day?” 4%-Kindle version, Deadly Ride (Britton Bay #3) by Jody Holford

“When he opened his eyes, he started at her with the kind of intensity that made her stomach twist up in knots at the thought of not being with him.”-15% Kindle version, Deadly Ride 

“He spun, backing her up to the wall, pressing against her, one hand coming to her hip. He dipped his head, kissed her. Hard. She gripped his shirt, clenching her fingers in the fabric.” -66% Kindle version, Deadly Ride 

Yes, those are quotes from Deadly Ride, not from a steamy romance novel. Oh wait, I almost forgot there is a murder mystery to solve. There is a car show killer on the loose people, get it together please.

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Who could have done it? I had my hunches. There’s a young widow and there are people who did not like the victim so the motive was there. I didn’t really find myself caring too much about these characters, but I was curious about who committed the murder. The answers made sense at the end, I’ll leave it at that.

This installment is book 3 in the series but reads well as a stand alone since the author gives some fillers on what happened in the prior books. The ending wraps it up nicely but also leaves it open enough for the next installment. This was a quick cozy mystery that was a little heavy on the romance but I enjoyed it overall. I recommend Deadly Ride (A Britton Bay Mystery Book 3) to those who enjoy cozy mysteries with romance and who don’t mind lovey-dovey new couples with lots of kissing and adoring glances.

“I think I’m going to nominate you for most wonderful boyfriend in the world award.”-98%-Kindle version Deadly Ride

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Disclaimer: This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any kind of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. I am under no obligation to write a positive review. My copy of Deadly Ride (Britton Bay #3) by Jody Holford was free through NetGalley. Some of these links are affiliate links.

6 thoughts on “Deadly Ride (Britton Bay #3) by Jody Holford

  1. Based on the cover, I would have expected the book to have had a lot of Tigger. My wife reads a few mystery series where cats play a prominent role in the story. I know that canine centered tales are very popular too.

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  2. I don’t mind romance in cozies, but I do prefer the mystery to be more of a focus than the romance. I know this author also writes romance novels, so perhaps that’s why the heavier hand with the romance in this one. I do want to read it still though. It sounds like it has some good things going for it.

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